An adapted recipe that my wife thinks is amazing.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen muffins
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups or line with paper liners.

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  • Beat butter, applesauce, 1 cup white sugar, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. Mix in eggs and vanilla extract, then stir in sour cream, Greek yogurt, and orange juice until thoroughly combined. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt in a separate bowl. Gently stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients just until moistened; fold in cranberries and pecans.

  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling them 2/3 full. Combine 1/4 cup sugar with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the muffins.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until muffins are lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean or with moist crumbs, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool muffins in pans for 10 minutes before turning out to finish cooling on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

259 calories; protein 4.3g; carbohydrates 40g; fat 9.4g; cholesterol 47.3mg; sodium 193.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2013
I loved these but I did make a couple of small modifications to suit my tastes and to substitute ingredients I had available. I replaced the applesauce with butter and the yogurt with sour cream - in other words all butter all sour cream. I don't care for the orange/cranberry flavor so I replaced the orange juice with milk. I also used coarsely chopped fresh cranberries. I loved the flavor and richness of the butter and sour cream and prefer those substitutions for the applesauce and Greek yogurt ingredients I don't generally have on hand anyway. The pecans while a suitable addition could easily be omitted and I might prefer that also. All and all a beautiful nicely domed cranberry muffin with just right sweetness and spice. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/13/2013
We found these muffins to be a bit on the dry side and except for biting into a cranberry mostly on the bland side. Plus they really stuck to the papers. Read More
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2013
I loved these but I did make a couple of small modifications to suit my tastes and to substitute ingredients I had available. I replaced the applesauce with butter and the yogurt with sour cream - in other words all butter all sour cream. I don't care for the orange/cranberry flavor so I replaced the orange juice with milk. I also used coarsely chopped fresh cranberries. I loved the flavor and richness of the butter and sour cream and prefer those substitutions for the applesauce and Greek yogurt ingredients I don't generally have on hand anyway. The pecans while a suitable addition could easily be omitted and I might prefer that also. All and all a beautiful nicely domed cranberry muffin with just right sweetness and spice. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2012
I cut this recipe back by half to get 12 muffins. I used my own homemade applesauce amd two tablespoons orange juice concentrate for a stronger orange flavor. I made no other changes. Baked at 350 my muffins were done at almost 22 minutes. I did get 12 bigger sized muffins out of a halved recipe. These muffins were very moist chewy and had a wonderful assortment of flavors that worked very well together. GREAT muffin recipe. I'd like to try this again with fresh cranberries next time and see how that works out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2013
When I made the first batch we found them to be dry and not very sweet. So I just made another batch with these revisions: 3/4 c. butter 1 1/4 c white sugar and 1 1/4 c brown sugar. Now hubby and daughter give them a resounding 5. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2012
Very moist and delicious. I loved these muffins. I did not use applesauce though. I used a crushed cranberry pineapple apple mixture leftover from thanksgiving. Worked just like applesauce. oooh its so good!! Bless you Mr. Food. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2014
Delicious! Only substitution I made was the 1 cup of sour cream and 1 cup plain Greek yogurt for 2 cups of plain yogurt. Mainly because I did not have the original ingredients. I also substituted walnuts for pecans since I also did not have pecans. Turned out delicious. Almost like a scone which I love. The hubby also really enjoyed it. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2016
This was an easy and excellent recipe! Very moist and flavorful! I did not put in pecans I didn't have any but I will next time I make these! I was out of sour cream so I doubled the amount of Greek yogurt and it turned out fine. For extra flavor I added orange zest I had in the freezer into the batter and on top with the cinnamon sugar. It added the perfect extra oomph to the muffins! I also used frozen cranberries instead of dried. No problem there as well. This recipe made 24 regular muffins and about 23-24 mini muffins! Perfect for our family of 6 for a couple of days! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2016
I needed to use up some yogurt and I found this recipe. Since I had just a little sour cream I made up the difference with yogurt. I always forget to put the sugar toppings on recipes...but it was great without it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2019
Excellent! I reduced the sugar by half used concentrated orange juice instead of regular added a tablespoon of water so it would be liquid used vanilla yogurt instead of plain made it twice a great recipe for parties or gatherings makes a lot of muffins. You can also stash unused dough in the fridge for later or cut recipe ingredients in half for a smaller batch but I like it how it is. Next time I will use frozen cranberries I bought on sale and see how that turns out. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2017
The muffins came out well. I didn't measure exact as to how much sugar I always put in a bit less so are enot too sweet. For once I had all the ingredients required. I had done an ingredient search for sour cream and apple sauce with cinnamon and this muffin recipe came up. I had cooked some apples that needed to be used up and had added cinnamon! All Recipes site is sure handy. Anyway I had almost a full container of probiotic vanilla yoghurt which I needed to use up before expiry date and which equaled 2 cups and used that instead of with sour cream. The dusting of sugar and cinnamon on top the muffins sure was the icing on a cake! Wow they are delicious. Thank you. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/13/2013
We found these muffins to be a bit on the dry side and except for biting into a cranberry mostly on the bland side. Plus they really stuck to the papers. Read More
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